Oh, Hulu. Our love for you is a fickle thing. When you were a free web-based streaming service that offered up a deep and enjoyable catalog of TV and movie content, our hearts went pitter-pat at the very mention of your name. Later, when you scaled back the variety of content you offered, the relationship cooled. Then you told us that if we wanted to get access to your "premium content," we'd have to pay for it. That was dirty. We were so hurt that we ran to the arms of our reliable old flame Netflix, who for one low, reasonable price, has never denied us anything. What's that you say? You miss us so much that you're thinking about loweing your price to a meager $4.95 a month?
You know how there's exciting news, and then there's exciting news? Well, here it goes: it's time you update the Netflix app on your iPhone and iPod touch, because the app now supports video out. This means exactly what you think it means--you can use your iPhone 4 or 4th-generation iPod touch to send streaming video content available on Netflix directly to your television. All you need is a pair of Apple AV cables to hook up your phone and your TV.
As Apple's Music Event draws ever closer, the rumors of some new-fangled hotness that runs off of children's dreams and unicorn tears have been ramping up to a fevered pitch. With the event less than 24 hours away, even the most trusted of newsources are finding it hard to resist putting in their two bits about what will spill out of Apple's magic bag on Wednesday.
Of course the big news wasn't this week; that'd be ridiculous. No, the big news is next week at Apple's yearly musical event, held this year on Wednesday, September 1st at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Meanwhile, it wasn't all crickets around here at the Mac|Life, heck no. We even chased down a staffer in a remote controlled helicopter. Of course there's a video after the jump.
Remember Paul Allen? Well, he's about to try and make sure Apple amongst a whole slew of other tech heavy hitters don't soon forget him. On Friday, he sued Apple, Google and nine other companies claiming that they're making use of technology that came about ten years ago at his now-kaput Silicon Valley lab.
If you love Netflix on your iPad, you’re about to love it even more if you also use an iPhone or iPod touch -- the company just released an update that makes the app universal, so it finally works on all three iOS devices.
The streaming content wars are heating up, and thus far it seems to come down to one of two worthy contenders: Venerable DVD-by-mail provider Netflix in one corner, slugging it out with ad-supported, studio-funded rival Hulu Plus, who earlier this month brought their popular service to iOS devices (and more) at long last.
Unfortunately, we’re not all made of money, so if you’re sitting there wondering which service offers the most bang for the buck, wonder no more: Just read on and you be the judge -- or we’ll make the decision for you.
We still miss our now-defunct local video store, but yes, Netflix movies beamed right to our TV is a pretty fair trade. And if Netflix streaming hasn’t found its way to your TV yet via a game console, Blu-ray player, or TiVo, the WD TV Live Plus (the fourth iteration in Western Digital’s line of home media players) makes a great purchase. After all, who doesn’t want to pipe their digital videos, music, and photos to their existing TV and stereo these days? If that’s a superpower your living room lacks, the Live Plus can be your radioactive spider with minimal hassle and none of that messy biting.